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Thursday, 9 December 2004
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Senator BARTLETT (Queensland—Leader of the Australian Democrats) (9.35 a.m.)—At the request of Senator Stott Despoja, I move:

That the following matters be referred to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2005:

(a) the overall effectiveness and appropriateness of the Privacy Act 1988 as a means by which to protect the privacy of Australians, with particular reference to:

(i) international comparisons,

(ii) the capacity of the current legislative regime to respond to new and emerging technologies which have implications for privacy, including:

(a) `Smart Card' technology and the potential for this to be used to establish a national identification regime,

(b) biometric imaging data,

(c) genetic testing and the potential disclosure and discriminatory use of such information, and

(d) microchips which can be implanted in human beings (for example, as recently authorised by the United States Food and Drug Administration), and

(iii) any legislative changes that may help to provide more comprehensive protection or improve the current regime in any way;

(b) the effectiveness of the PrivacyAmendment(PrivateSector)Act2000 in extending the privacy scheme to the private sector, and any changes which may enhance its effectiveness; and

(c) the resourcing of the Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner and whether current levels of funding and the powers available to the Federal Privacy Commissioner enable her to properly fulfil her mandate.

Question agreed to.